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The OSCE Mission to Moldova reinforces the skills of lawyers from both sides to monitor human rights

Thirty professionals in the field of jurisprudence and civil society from both banks of the Dniester, as well as representatives of the office of the Ombudsman of Moldova completed a three-day training course on monitoring human rights, organized by the OSCE Mission to Moldova from 28 to 30 June 2018. The course was aimed at increasing the capacity of participants and their role in monitoring the human rights situation, as well as strengthening cooperation between legal communities on both banks.

During the training course, participants studied the human rights monitoring cycle, as well as existing international standards and principles for monitoring the observance of human rights. Under the guidance of experts, professionals in the field of jurisprudence and civil society worked on real cases and gained practical experience in developing a strategy to protect interests, as well as practical strategic planning, interviewing techniques, reporting skills, data collection and classification.

“Monitoring the observance of human rights is one of the most effective tools that can help protect the victim of domestic violence,” said Alexandra Martynenko, director of the Women’s Crisis Center, managed by the NGO Resonance from the left bank. “From a broader perspective, collecting and analyzing data on human rights violations helps identify the best tools for campaigning for the protection of women’s rights and create an enabling environment for change.”

This event is held within the framework of traditional summer schools for participants from both banks of the Dniester, organized by the Mission from 2015. The previous schools focused on working with the European Court of Human Rights in the Moldovan context, on issues of non-discrimination and access to personal data. This training course is also part of the confidence-building measures carried out by the Mission throughout the year, which are aimed at establishing trust between legal communities on both banks of the river.

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